‘Hangx­i­ety’ hits the shy

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

WHEN fac­ing a din­ner party or a room full of strangers, a glass of wine can pro­vide much-needed Dutch courage for the shy, but us­ing al­co­hol for con­fi­dence may not be a good idea, as it can lead to a much worse hang­over … or “hangx­i­ety”.

Shy peo­ple who have a few drinks feel more anx­ious when they are hun­gover the next day, a study found.

Al­co­hol may re­duce ner­vous­ness in the brain at the time, but there is a “re­bound ef­fect” that makes it worse the next day.

The UK study, pub­lished in the jour­nal Per­son­al­ity and In­di­vid­ual Dif­fer­ences, in­volved 97 peo­ple who spent four hours ei­ther drink­ing or sober at home.

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